Published by Simon & Schuster on May 16, 2014
From Goodreads: In the second fun and charming novel in the bestselling Skinny Bitch series, a twenty-something vegan chef juggles the wild ride of running her own successful restaurant with the whirlwind of wedding planning to her carnivorous restaurateur fiance.
It takes A LOT to shock Clementine Cooper, but as she’s spending 24/7 at her hot new restaurant, Clementine’s No Crap Café, cooking alongside her zany staff and creating new tofutastic recipes, her meat-eating, millionaire boyfriend, Zach Jeffries, surprises Clem by proposing!
There’s no way that Clem is going to have the kind of uptight, fancy wedding that Zach’s mom is already planning, but she’s so focused on her fabulous restaurant that she doesn’t have time to fight her future monster-in-law. But when Clem takes a weekend trip to her parents’ farm, she has a game-changing brainstorm: she’ll convert her parents’ empty barn into an organic restaurant—Clementine’s No Crap Outpost—and she and Zach will have the no-fuss wedding they’ve dreamed of!
Upon returning to Santa Monica, it seems that even Clem’s brilliant idea can’t keep her life from falling apart. Clem tries to make up for Zach’s sudden distance by hanging out with a fellow vegan chef, and then her best friend and roommate suddenly gets engaged to her horrible reality TV co-star and starts planning a rival wedding. Clem begins to realize that to get the no-crap life she wants, she’ll have to work her butt off to launch her new eatery, fight for the carnivore she loves, save her friendships, and—maybe—she’ll get the wedding of her dreams.
I know this isn’t the type of book that I normally review, but last week was Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and I knew that I needed something lighter than my normal picks to get through it. Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched, the second novel by the author of the bestselling Skinny Bitch cookbook series, follows vegan chef Clementine as she works to open a new restaurant and marry the meat-eating millionaire, Zach. As with all chick lit books, there’s a love story, some tension, a cute third-party person, as well as a lot of laughs.
What’s different about this book is that it all takes place within food world, which is perfect for chick lit fans who are also foodies (in particular, vegans). Clementine is passionate, doesn’t take any crap (hence the name of her restaurant – the No Crap Café), and loves her restaurant more than just about anything. She also loves Zach, which is why his odd behavior following his proposal (not to mention his momster) causes her a lot of stress, and it’s this tension that drives the book.
Chick lit fans will eat this up (no pun intended), but foodies will enjoy it, too. You’ll race through it, laugh along the way, and drop your jaw at some of the things Clementine does and says. So when you pack up your things and head to the beach this summer, Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched is a good one to throw in your bag.